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  1. A few structures to feed and care for my locos: engine house, tanks, and sand...

    Been building a few structures for my layout this winter, just to start thinking about scenery. My "theme" is freelance U.P at the end of the steam era... somewhere in the west (Oregon or...
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    Supporting Donzi's post, and to give an idea HOW...

    Supporting Donzi's post, and to give an idea HOW different two "identical" locos can be...

    My 2017 release Athearn Challenger would pull ~20 MTL freight cars max up the 1.8" grades (on 17" curves)...
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    Not a DCC expert by any means... but I have been...

    Not a DCC expert by any means... but I have been using my NCE power cab with 2+ locos on my track for more than a year (but individually, not in consists). First can you explain a little more...
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  4. After several months of frustration, I finally...

    After several months of frustration, I finally "gave up" on the Z-scale couplers (MTL 905) as a solution to close coupling my heavyweight passenger cars. Despite all my efforts, they continued to...
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    As Ollie suggested, it sounds to me like the...

    As Ollie suggested, it sounds to me like the drawbar or wires connecting the loco and tender are not moving/flexing properly as the loco/tender go around curves...
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    If it ran fine last year, your seller may not...

    If it ran fine last year, your seller may not have known about the problem.

    Mine went from running great to fully bound over maybe an hour of run time, but it was after several months of near...
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    My challenger spent 8 of its first 12 months at...

    My challenger spent 8 of its first 12 months at Athearn, in three separate trips, including a trip back to China for factory refurbishment. The last issue sounds very similar to yours... binding in...
  8. Very carefully! Kidding aside... For the...

    Very carefully!

    Kidding aside... For the tender trucks, I pulled each axle out of the truck. If you have a screwdriver with a blade wider than the back-to-back spacing of the wheels, insert it...
  9. I am not surprised. Athearn told me that they...

    I am not surprised. Athearn told me that they DESIGNED their Challenger and Big Boy with non-NMRA (too narrow) gauge to negotiate "less than perfect" trackwork. I think that translates as "to allow...
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    First thing I might do is to flip it over and...

    First thing I might do is to flip it over and check the screws holding the bottom plate on... if they seem loose, tighten them a little bit. If they seem tight, maybe try loosening them half turn...
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    I got one of these......

    I got one of these.... It's a little short for my Challenger, but holds it OK. It is still pretty unnerving rolling the locos over into the cradle... and I am really careful not to let the fine...
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    It MAY be an issue of poor contact, dirty rails...

    It MAY be an issue of poor contact, dirty rails or wheels. OTOH, I wouldn't have expected a Big Boy to be particularly prone to contact issues... there are a LOT of wheels to make contacts. Perhaps...
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    Haven't tried it... but you might find this...

    Haven't tried it... but you might find this YouTube video helpful...
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    My FEF-3 is now pretty steady... but when I first...

    My FEF-3 is now pretty steady... but when I first got it, it had a bit of a wobble. Not so much noticeable in the body of the loco, but when running at speed under load, it would pull its front...
  15. Thread: T-1 Duplex

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    I don't think it's odd that a loco, particularly...

    I don't think it's odd that a loco, particularly a rod (steam) loco, can negotiate a curve by itself, but not negotiate the same curve when pulling or pushing a train.

    As I see it, when pulling...
  16. Thanks for all the replies. Looks like the...

    Thanks for all the replies. Looks like the consensus is just use the soldering iron, which is also the cheapest option. I'll certainly practice a couple times before attempting with the connections...
  17. What heat gun for shrink tubing DCC decoder connections?

    I will soon be embarking on my first DCC install (into a Model Power Vandy tender), and need to accumulate the necessary tools... one being a heat gun to shrink the heat shrink tubing I will use to...
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    In convergence of two of my hobbies... the frets...

    In convergence of two of my hobbies... the frets on my guitars, like MR track, are made of nickel silver. I use these:
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  19. Swap tender on Bachmann sound value 2-8-0... wiring?

    I picked up a NIB Model Power vandy tender from Ebay (sorry if I outbid anyone here!), and am hoping to use it with my Bachmann 2-8-0... not entirely prototypical, but several of the UP 2-8-0s that...
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    I'd be happy to relate my experiences re: Cobalt...

    I'd be happy to relate my experiences re: Cobalt point motors. After reading a lot on-line and considering various options for powering or hand operating my turnouts, I tried the Cobalt iP digitals...
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    My reply last night was a bit hurried... and I...

    My reply last night was a bit hurried... and I didn't directly address many of your questions. As mentioned in a previous reply, most of your questions are dealing with the DCC decoder in the engine,...
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    I believe the newer Big Boys (like the...

    I believe the newer Big Boys (like the Challengers) come with Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders. Sound on/off is controlled by F8. I think that the Tsunami has sound on by default, turned off (and then...
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    I can't answer your question directly (you may...

    I can't answer your question directly (you may find answers re: voltage drop along your wiring here...), but I have been using a Powercab for a year now, and will add MY experience (yours may...
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    Yeah... I may be too far out on a limb with that....

    Yeah... I may be too far out on a limb with that. Don't think the driver size would go well with high speed passenger service. On the other hand, why put a fairing on a switcher that's just shunting...
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    Not up on the D&H, but I don't think it was just...

    Not up on the D&H, but I don't think it was just a switcher (tho' it might have been used that way at the end of its life).

    A quick internet search revealed that D&H #1402 was named the "James...
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